Someone New [Ivor] Jan 23, 2015 17:32:17 GMT -5
Post by Vivian Moon on Jan 23, 2015 17:32:17 GMT -5
Kicking the soccer ball into the goal repeatedly wasn’t fun, per se, but it was monotonous and allowed Vivian to take her mind off the frustrating morning she’d had.
Woke up an hour before her alarm. Still adjusting to the new city. Went on a morning jog. Got lost. Spent an extra hour trying to find her way back to the dorms. Missed lunch. Missed a call from her sister. Missed the goal.
Vivian exhaled in exasperation and went to chase after the soccer ball, scooping it up with her hands and picking off loose grass as she walked back over to her position in front of the goal.
The park was busy, as usual, but the soccer field was all but abandoned. Most people who came here played frisbee over in the grass field, which Vivian envied. She hated frisbee, but she didn’t know anyone yet. To play frisbee with friends was a goal she mentally added to her checklist. She was here to turn over a new leaf, wasn’t she? She’d been at school for a week, and hadn’t gotten into a single fight. It was a new record. Vivian tried not to get too excited on principle, but things were looking up.
Except she’d been at school a week and nobody had talked to her, either.
Maybe it was for the best, she mused. If nobody talks to you, nobody will pick fights. The only words she’d exchanged with a student was on the first day, when she asked someone where her classroom was and got a quick, rushed reply before the person skittered off. It hadn't been a long or even a great encounter, but it sure beat some of the introductions she'd have at her old school. Schools.
Dropping the ball and stepping back a few paces, Vivian ran and kicked the ball with all her strength. It slammed into the net and bounced back at her. Vivian dribbled around, kicked it again, softer this time. It rolled into the corner of the goal and stopped. Vivian sighed and trudged over to get the ball for the thirtieth time that day.
Soccer was definitely not as fun as a solo sport.